Scott

Scott lives here in East Texas. A little north of here but not much. He is a little smaller that me, but not much. I believe he is a little younger than me, but not by much. Our stories could have been much alike, except this was where the similarities ended, and the differences began to show.

You see, Scott had to be looking directly at me to know I was talking, and I had to listen very carefully to understand him when he was speaking. However, when Scott came out of the house the second time and handed me a glass of ice water, sat down on his porch, and said “Be careful, hot today,” I knew he wanted to talk. I quickly discovered I wanted to listen.

Scott never spoke in complete sentences. He used short phrases, sign language, repeated words, and vivid facial expressions. It only took me a few seconds to realize I was looking at a much better man than myself. 

“I work…I work…23 years I work.” I glanced down at his twisted legs and remembered only moments ago seeing him shuffle across the yard and wondered what kind of work. “Long time wheelchair… I push and I work…23years…weed eater…lawnmower…shovel…rake…hot… sweat… nobody help… I worked.” He was silent for a moment. I could say nothing. Then he began again, “One day I dig…in yard… here…I dig there…I dig over there…something happen in my back… hurt… hurt bad… I cry…”  “Doctors… shots…pills” “No more work…retired.” Silence and again I waited.

“Married?” Yes, I replied. “I never marry… no girlfriend…no wife… alone.” “I understand… no hearing…cripple…cerebral palsy…nobody want me…afraid…baby be like me” “Grandmother… didn’t want me…mean…baby no hear no walk…tell my mom…get rid of him” “I didn’t see my mom…no daddy…he never talk to me…2 ½ … adopted” “sister found me…36 years…sister found me…sister across street.”

“15 years old…angry…fun with devil…drink…party…smoke” “not atheist” “Have dream…Hell dark…falling” “God…bright…beautiful…rainbow colors…like candle…beautiful” “I know…there is a God…one day…I’ll see him.”

Scott, I will always remember. Scott’s God will always amaze me. A God so wise and so compassionate enough, that he could cross ever barrier, every obstacle, and reach Scott’s heart and change his live. God was able to give Scott every thing he needed to bring him to an abundant life. I believe that same loving God can give me and give you, everything we need to thrive in his Kingdom.

Pastor Alton Thornhill